International Sushi Day was created for one reason – to encourage everyone to eat and love sushi. The culinary treat from Asia can be a healthy addition to your diet as long as you avoid certain additions like cream cheese. Fish, rice, and vegetables make up the basic ingredients. Not all sushi contains raw fish. Many sushi bars serve baked or fried rolls. Most sushi restaurants serve you tableside but some use a conveyor belt method of delivery, where they make a few pieces of a specific roll or nigiri and you take and eat what you want.
Here are the main types of sushi…
- Nigiri – Fish served on top of rice.
- Sashimi – Only fish.
- Maki – Fish, rice, and other ingredients wrapped in seaweed.
- Uramaki – Fish, other ingredients, and seaweed wrapped in rice.
- Temaki – Sushi wrapped in seaweed in a cone shape.
Whether you’re a pro or just starting out, here are a few etiquette tips for the next to visit a sushi bar…
- Don’t rub your chopsticks together. If you’re not using them, place them parallel to you on a small dish.
- The ginger that comes with your sushi should be eaten separately. It’s to be used as a palate cleanser.
- Never put your chopsticks in your rice and leave them sticking up. That’s a symbol similar to incense burning at Japanese funerals.
- Sake is a rice based drink. Try green tea to go with sushi. Save the sake for either before or after the meal.
- If you are sharing a roll amongst friends, pass the plate around and use the other end of your chopsticks to grab a piece. Don’t use the end you put in your mouth to grab someone else’s food.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your sushi chef can help narrow the list of choices down to fit your style and taste.
Here is a map of some of the sushi restaurants in Shreveport-Bossier.